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The local area guide to living in Houston

The picturesque village of Houston is located in Scotland’s Gryffe Valley and falls within the council area of Renfrewshire. The village itself is 6 miles north-west of Paisley and roughly 15 miles from the capital city of Glasgow. Houston’s name stems from the name of 12th century landowner Hugh de Paduinan, after the village that grew around his castle became known as ‘Hugh’s tun’, later taking the form of ‘Houston’ as it is known today.

As you would expect from a village with such ancient roots, there are a number of historic sites and buildings still present in the area. Remains of the 16th century Houston Castle can be found on the grounds of Houston House and the village centre is a dedicated conservation area that is made up of a large number of traditional white cottages – some dating as far back as the 17th century.

Information about the local residents

The village of Houston lies in the Houston, Crosslee and Linwood multi-member electoral ward, which is home to around 16,000 people and 7,000 households in total. Roughly 6,000 residents call Houston home. Thanks to the village’s proximity to Paisley and the city of Glasgow, the village has become a popular commuter town, and many of the residents make their way into both of these places for work in the morning.

Of all household spaces in the multi-member electoral ward area, close to 75% are houses or bungalows, with a further 71% of these being owned outright or with a mortgage. When you consider the low-density nature of housing in Houston, coupled with its proximity to Paisley and Glasgow – it is easy to see how it could be an attractive relocation destination for working professionals who want to give their children more space while also still being able to maintain a career in the city.

Nearby schools

Families with young children will no doubt be pleased to find that Houston is home to three schools – two at the primary level and one secondary level school – that all perform well when compared to other schools around the United Kingdom.

Houston Primary School is the largest primary level school in the village and currently has slightly more than 500 pupils on its roll. Of these students, 90% perform either ‘well’ or ‘very well’ in reading at P7 level. St Fillan’s Primary School is significantly smaller than Houston Primary, with only 143 pupils in attendance. This Roman Catholic school boasts similar levels of student performance and achievement to Houston Primary when it comes to numeracy and literature.

Children at the secondary level will be able to enrol at the esteemed Gryffe High School. Of the 963 students currently attending Gryffe High, 61% of school leavers at S5 level achieve five or more SCQF Level 6 qualifications – which is significantly higher than the national average of 29%. When you take such figures into account, it should come as no surprise that Gryffe High was ranked as the 7th best-performing state secondary school in Scotland in 2009, according to The Times league tables.

Getting around

A number of buses are available to transport Houston residents to neighbouring settlements, with the 19, X7 and X7A buses providing services to Paisley, Glasgow and Johnstone respectively. Owing to the small nature of Houston, the village is, unfortunately, without its own railway station. That being said, the closest station to the village centre is a short 12-minute drive away in Johnstone. Trains from Johnstone are provided by ScotRail and travel towards Glasgow to the east and to settlements on the coast to the west.

Local shops

As you would expect from a village as small as Houston, opportunities for shopping are rather limited. That being said, the village is relatively close to the city of Glasgow – as well as its famous Style Mile and West End. Both of these places are home to a vast array of shops boasting all of the latest trends in fashion. When it comes to grocery shopping, Houston residents will most likely find themselves heading to the Co-Operative Food supermarket located on Houston Road, on the way to Crosslee.

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